As everyone knows, faith in Providence is like a mustard seed.
It’s tiny but can grow into a humongous tree if you let it. The problem everyone faces is that it’s stubborn. And that’s true of all religions. Perhaps our constant struggle with faith is a hallmark of our humanity.
Thoughts On Faith: Why is Faith So Hard To Grow?
So why’s faith so hard to grow? For many people, it’s a case of complacency. They’re so used to their relationship with Providence that issues that matter are seldom on their minds.
Also, people face challenges that make them doubt this relationship. Anyone knows that having faith when everything seems dim is a struggle.
And then, people may experience conflicts of beliefs. They waver when those around them shape their thinking.
Ways to Grow Faith
So how would you grow that sometimes rather stubborn mustard seed?
First of all, have genuine love for life. When we delight in the little things, the painful ones become easier to bear. And the mustard seed starts to grow.
Of course, fertilizing and growing a mustard seed takes patience. There’s no running away from the fact that setbacks may spoil it but it still grows if you are resolute enough.
Finally, spare a thought for others and yourself. Empathize with your next door neighbor when things are rough, and yourself when the going gets tough.
Opportunities for Growing Faith
Therefore, I’m thankful for the opportunities to grow my mustard seed this week, in spite of the challenges I faced along the way.
I wrote an article that was a tad controversial and it, of course, garnered negative feedback from those who are prone to being reactive. But I’m thankful for my editor, who understands when people are unreasonable. I’m also grateful for readers who also pointed out such unreasonableness. That solidifies my faith.
I’m grateful for online church services. I know that they can’t compare with a live community, but they come in useful when it’s hard to commute.
Finally, I’m grateful for my family members and friends. In various ways, they’ve let me see that Faith never dies if you don’t let it.
The Stubborn Mustard Seed
The soil nourished by
A tender, nurturing heart of love
The Sturdy stem that grows
With a vast abundance of patience
Spring from the rough ends
Of the branches formed by Patience.
That little mustard seed can grow by leaps and bounds when nurtured with the hands of love, patience, and kindness.